Navy Museum faces Location Questions

Today I’m at the Civil War Seminar hosted by Appomattox Court House National Historic Site, at Longwood University.  So light posting today.  Hope to resume on Sunday.

While I’m down here along the banks of the Appomattox River hearing about the first year of the Civil War, there is one bit of news that may have escaped readers’ feeds.  The US Navy Museum’s future location faces some questions with proposals to either leave it as is, or move to a more accessible site along the DC waterfront.

Several of us Civil War bloggers have posted entries noting the Civil War related exhibits at the museum.  While dwarfed by the World Wars exhibits, the museum offers an interesting and important array of Civil War artifacts ranging from parts of the USS Hartford to guns captured during the course of the war.

Fascinating and well worth the side trip, the main problem with the current location of the museum is just that  – location.  On the plus side, the current site at the historic Navy Yard.  But it is several blocks from a metro station and not in the best part of the city.  In addition, the “Yard” is a functioning military headquarters and lacks space for museum expansion, and parking for visitors.   And as a functioning base, security restrictions sometimes prevent access.